Tips to beat the heat and keep your players safe

IT'S that time of year again when the Queensland summer is reaching excessive heat levels.

Given the recent stint of hot weather (and more forecast) the creation of Heat Policies/Guidelines is an important topic.

Participating in sport in such conditions puts individuals at risk of heat illness, which if not treated, can lead to the potentially life threatening condition of heat stroke.

Symptoms of heat illness include light headedness, dizziness, nausea, cessation of sweating, clumsiness or unsteadiness, confusion, aggressive/irrational behaviour, collapse, and ashen grey pale skin.

Some simple steps that can be taken to limit the risk of heat illness are:

Scheduling games outside of the hottest part of the day (usually 11am-3pm);

Allowing extra breaks so players and officials remain well hydrated; and

Ensuring uniforms are appropriate for playing in hot weather.

Sports Medicine Australia has produced a set of guidelines to assist sporting clubs and associations as well as individuals to remain safe when participating in sport in hot weather. Visit

Guidelines will be different depending on the intensity of your sport, time of day played and the local environment so check the website to determine your clubs individual needs.

Parkour workshop

IPSWICH City Council will be hosting a free, two hour Beginner's Parkour workshop.

The workshop will cover fundamental movements required for Parkour and also learn how to use and train on specialised Parkour equipment.

The workshop is suitable for ages seven and above, and all fitness levels are welcome.

The workshop will take place at the Parkour equipment at Rotary Park (next to the Bundamba Swim Centre) on Sunday, December 18, from 9am.

Bookings are essential.

Visit for more information.

Basketball camp

LOOKING for something to keep the kids busy this summer holidays?

Ipswich Basketball are holding a three-day basketball camp for children aged 5-17. The camp is suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels.

Flexible options are available allowing your child to come for one, two or all three days.

The camp is from January 17-19 at Ipswich Basketball Stadium (2A Ross Llewellyn Drive, Booval). The camps run from 9am-3pm daily.

For more information, contact Ipswich Basketball on (07) 3282 4328 or

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